Playtest
Black Mirror Season 3

86%

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Critic Ratings: 22
Critics Consensus

In "Playtest," the psychologically horrifying world of virtual reality is nicely counterbalanced by the sheer likability of the episode's protagonist played by the charismatic Wyatt Russell.

Episode Info

Thrill-seeking globetrotter Cooper (Wyatt Russell) visits Britain, hooks up with Sonja (Hannah John-Kamen) and tests a video game so advanced, it's terrifying ...

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Critic Reviews for Playtest

[Shut Up and Dance] stood out more for its presentation and mood than its actual plotting.

Aug 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Playtest is happy to swap deeper probing for a succession of clever shocks, and a bitterly funny... punchline of an ending. The result is an episode that is gripping but not enduringly frightening; a nightmare that won't linger too long after you wake up.

Aug 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Playtest is the perfect fusion of Brooker's fascination with the human condition and director Dan Trachtenberg's knack for psychological horror, served with all the ingredients necessary for another night of blood-curdling nightmares.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: 9.4/10 | Full Review…

Ultimately, all of those scares climax with an ending that is inscrutable in the best possible ways.

Dec 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Trachtenberg seems aware of the deeply silly nature of this cautionary tech fable, eventually cashing in on a kitschy, pseudo-Twilight Zone kicker that might feel like cheating - that is, if the journey to "Playtest's" ending wasn't quite so fun.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

Playtest ultimately feels awkwardly crafted. Subplots are left unresolved, the side characters and corporate mischief-implications are completely undeveloped.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Playtest concludes with two flourishes of irony, one situational and one verbal.

Aug 15, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

With its extra twisty ending, "Playtest" pulls on the heartstrings. The horror romp warns of the near-future dangers of virtual and augmented reality, and the story's protagonist is a likable character - a rarity in the Black Mirror world.

Oct 3, 2018 | Full Review…

This one could have had a decent Twilight Zone vibe, because it had good scares, but that actor ruins everything.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

A unsettling story that takes advantage of psychological terror, with the occasional scare included. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…